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86 in portland. 91 in boise. fema has prepared for hurricane earl in north carolina. the agency sent trucks to ft. bragg loaded with supplies, including food and water. those supplies can be sent th anywhere in the carolinas or virginia as needed. meanwhile, in massachusetts, fema's teams are very busy there too ahead of the storm. national guard crews were at the ready in north carolina ahead of the storm's arrival. last-minute checks were done to a giant hoist that could lift about 600 pounds. on top of that, blackhawk crews made sure their helicopters were prepared to fly. >> despite the warnings two sailors in charleston, south carolina, decided to try their luck against earl. not a good idea. the two men had to jump out just before a huge wave smashed their craft against the pilings. they were not hurt. of course our coverage of hurricane earl does not end here. later this half hour, much more from the north carolina coast. later on "america this morning"
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and "good morning america," more live reports all on the storm. and turning to other news on this friday morning, the army has lost its first chaplain in combat since the vietnam war. 43-year-old captain dale getts was among five americans killed by a roadside bomb on monday. he died after the supply convoy he was riding in came under attack. the last time an army chaplain was killed in combat was october of 1970. the search is on at the site of an oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico. the fire is out. now the company that owns the rig insists the situation here is much different from the april blast that led to the gulf oil disaster. abc's eric barajas has the details. >> reporter: concern over an oil well explosion soon gave way to relief. all then workers on board were accounted for, rescued while floating in the gulf. >> all 13 members aboard the oil platform have survived with no serious injuries. >> reporter: the explosion occurred thursday morning more than 90 miles south of
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louisiana's vermilion bay. shallow waters of the gulf ignited. >> doing anner, it is a production platform and not a drilling rig. >> reporter: coast guard officials said workers were able to shut down production before evacuating the facility. the owner of the platform, mariner energy, said it had seven wells that produce oil and natural gas. officials do not know what caused the explosion. >> we asked the type of specific work they were doing. they weren't able to confirm for us what exactly the responsibilities there junior there were initial reports of a mile-long oil sheen spotted near the blast site. the coast guard knocked down those reports. >> coast guard helicopters on-scene and vessels on-scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water. >> reporter: experts say this explosion is nowhere near as serious as last april's explosion at the deepwater horizon site. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> reporter: congress isn't
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wasting any time with another oil platform explosion. some house democrats are already demanding answers. the house energy and commerce committee is asking scott josie, president and ceo of mariner energy, for a briefing on the incident. for abc news, eric barajas, louisiana. meanwhile, at the site of the bp oil well, engineers there have removed a temporary cap that last month stopped all that gushing oil. no additional oil has seeped into the water because the well has been plugged with cement. that temporary cap was removed so that part of the well that failed to stop the spill can now be replaced. then the drilling of a relief well that will plug the broken well for good can proceed. federal safety investigators have been looking into consumer concerns about pampers diapers. that's after photography hundred complaints of severe rashes, all on children who had worn swad letter and cruiser dry max diapers which hit the market a few months ago. investigators could not find a direct link between these
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diapers and the severe rashes. parents are still urged to report any more complaints. well, first the bubbly. now the brew. another surprise find that's been laying low for 200 years. >> that's right. back in july, divers surveying an early 19th century ship wreck in the baltic sea found what's believed to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne. while bringing it to the surface this week, they were surprised to discover several bottles of what may be the world's oldest beer. >> researchers who tried a few drops of the beer liked how it tasted. they said the seabed provided the ultimate conditions for long-term storage. kind of like mother nature's cooler. >> right. how do you think that tasting went? you try it. no, no, you try it. >> your you know what, on a friday we'll all try it. more news after this, stay with us. know what, on a friday we'll all try it. more news after this, stay with us.
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returning to breaking news coverage on "world news now," hurricane earl hit north carolina's coast last night as a category 2 storm, and now there's a state of emergency in parts of the northeast. >> for sure. we should also mention we're showing on our screen this morning satellite images of the storm as it now is. earl makes its way up the eastern seaboard as well, satellite map there for you as well as a crawl there. the very latest on the storm information. >> which is important because this storm is moving and we are trying to figure out exactly who is next. but we know north carolina in the brunt of it overnight. >> exactly, exactly. and abc's steven portnoy joins us now from kill devil hills, north carolina, with the very latest on what the storm is doing there. hi, steve. >> hey, good morning, guys, from kill devil hills, a city just south of kitty hawk, just north of nags head. it's been relatively easy going this morning. we're not yet seeing the full brunt of the worst winds from earl although it's tracking
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right up along the eastern shore of north carolina. right now i'd say wind gusts are close to 50 miles per hour here on the barrier islands of the outer banks where we are rocking and rolling in our news van outside as winds push is side to side. it's there's rain but it's relatively light rain. we expect it will intensify as the hours roll on this morning. >> you talk about the conditions happening right now. what about the emergency preparation happening in kill devil hills? the people there who have evacuated. but what about the people who have stayed? what are emergency crews bracing them for this morning? >> there's a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors here in dare county, north carolina, that was issued early this morning. they tried to get folks out. we were out and about earlier. i should say yesterday, thursday, during the day to see who would wind up staying in nags head, in this area, kill devil hills. most people did choose to get out. we're staying at a hotel that is still open, still has
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electricity, had a band playing in the bar area to keep everybody occupied and happy and never jized. but everyone now basically waiting out the storm, hoping it will pass. thankfully the eye seems to be staying off the coast and not turning further inlard. everyone's hoping that this will all clear out, there won't be a lot of damage. the emergency crews will wait until first light to see what kind of damage has been done. there are big fears the storm will have washed out route 12, the mate road on cape hatteras. >> as long as the band is playing i guess the spirits are relatively high despite the weather outside. thanks a lot for that report. steven portnoy from the north carolina coast. >> we'll of course be following this storm all morning honk. stay with abc news throughout the morning and of course throughout the day. now in other noise this morning, the mideast peace talks. for the first time in nearly two years the palestinian president and the israeli prime minister sit down together. >> both sides did agree on one
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thing, to meet again. john hendren has more from washington this morning. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and mike. president obama is not the first commander in chief to seek peace in the middle east. by starting near the beginning of his term, this president hopes his efforts will finally seal the deal. president obama's first shot at forging a middle east peace pact began with a show of progress. >> president abbas and prime minister netanyahu agreed that these negotiations can be completed within one year. >> reporter: in the world of diplomacy, progress often means more talks. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian authority leader mahmoud abbas set a date for mid-november and promised to meet every two weeks after that until there's peace. >> we cannot and we will not impose a solution. only you can make the decisions necessary. >> reporter: the goal, a settlement that ends israel's 43-year occupation of the palestinian territory within the year, creating an independent palestinian state at peace with
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israel. >> together, we can lead our people to a historic future. >> reporter: abbas too vowed to work to resolve all outstanding conflicts. for president obama, hosting the first round of peace talks since the gaza war of 2008 brought negotiations to a halt, it was a hopeful sign. >> if we do not make the attempt, then failure is guaranteed. >> reporter: unlike his predecessors, he has years to follow up. >> this president, i believe, will succeed. >> reporter: president obama is seeking a prize that has eluded every president since jimmy carter. but he's doing what he can to ensure that if it fails it's not because he ran out the clock. rob and mike? >> many people are asking what is different about this particular peace negotiation? and the head of the media convoy, george mitchell, told the bbc this is happening in a much more behind the scenes manner. as well as it being an international approach, unlike some of the previous attempts that we've seen. >> behind closed doors, away
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from all the cameras. so real progress. so many stabs at this before, hopefully this is perhaps the one that makes some real headway. we'll see, as always, fingers crossed.
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arizona governor jan brewer has made a name for herself certainly this year. she's the architect of her state's controversial anti-illegal immigration bill. >> brewer also made headlines this week, but for another reason. as david muir reports it was her loss of words. >> reporter: governor brewer signed the toughest immigration bill in the land. >> it as good bill. we cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it. the kidnappings and extortion and beheadings. >> which beheadings in arizona are you referring to? >> our law enforcement agencies
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have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded. >> reporter: now up for election, the first televised debate. during her opening remarks -- >> we have done everything that we could possibly do -- >> reporter: dat bate then turned contentious. one of her opponents asks about those beheadings. >> i call upon you today to say that there are no beheadings, that was a false statement. >> and you know, terry, i will call you out -- >> reporter: she did not address it. afterward -- >> please answer the question. about the headless bodies. do you still believe that? come on, governor. >> okay, thank you. >> reporter: the night was over. david muir, abc news. >> a lot of reaction to this story. what do we want to say about that? >> uh -- i -- uh --
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and finally this half hour, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. if that's the case apple must be blushing right now. >> the ipad has been a giant success for apple and now competitors have released tablet computers of their own. the bbc's rory cellan-jones reports. >> reporter: when it comes to shine and you get it, one company has been king for a
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decade. first apple's ipod, then its iphone, now the.-pad have persuaded millions to part with their cash. other big names in the gadget world. overpriced and only appeal for their looks. rather than their technology. here in berlin this week they're staging a fight back. it's one of the world's biggest gadget shows gets under way. korea's samsung is first out of the blocks with a new tablet computer. remind you of anything? yes, it does look like a smaller ipad. but this one runs with the rival google android software. and unlike apple's product, this one can take pictures too. it's taken apple's rivals some time to hit back. with total sales of $275 million, the ipod dominates the mp3 player market. its nearest rival has a tiny share. more than 50 million people now
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have an iphone. google android phones are beginning to overtake apple. and more than 3 million ipads have been sold since its spring launch. but this time, rivals like samsung have been quicker to respond. one technology blogger thinks other firms have learned a key lesson from apple. >> they're trying to represent this sexy lifestyle and tablets, phones, everything's just billed as being so easy once you get it out of the box, it just works, and that's very much something that apple's been offering for years. >> reporter: toshiba too has unveiled an ipad look-alike here. plenty of tablet computers here in all shapes and sizes. but they have one thing in common. just about all of them are likely to be much cheaper than apple's ipad. corey ank cor cor cor corey. >> there's really nothing that you cannot do on these things. >> this is accuweather's
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application for the i-pad. we are tracking earl. bottom line they're pretty cool, roo it? >> that's the accuweather application. all these imitator
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hurricane earl's arrival. the storm's gusty brush with north carolina and the precautions being taken across the northeast. then, hillary clinton's clout. >> i think she has credibility. >> the secretary of state's diplomacy during long-awaited mideast peace talks. and, web trends. the sudden need to find facts about chocolate and lindsay lohan on the internet. it's friday, september 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and it appears the biggest threat from hurricane earl,
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which is weakening thankfully, is the storm surge. not so much the wind gusts, as we maybe previously thought. but still, it's going to be there nonetheless. >> we've heard for days, at one point it was a category 5 storm, now a weak category 2 storm. so as things progress, hopefully it may not be as bad as folks feared. so that's the good news this morning. hi, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for vinita nair. north carolina is taking a pounding from hurricane earl this morning as the storm now begins to turn to the northeast away from land. >> earl is now located off the coast of cape hatteras, north carolina. t.j. winick is joining us from atlantic beach this morning. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: rob and mike, good morning to you both. even with a category 2 hurricane you're still talking about winds up to 110 miles per hour and we're certainly getting some of the outer bands of that right now. the real concern right here in north carolina at this point is
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storm surge. what with these waves behind me and the flooding that can cause. despite mandatory evacuations in three coastal counties down here, officials can't force people out of their homes. so many have chosen to ride this one out. a state of emergency has been declared at this point in four states -- north carolina, virginia, maryland, and massachusetts. and certainly that should help getting those necessary resources to where they need to go as soon as the storm blows out to sea. now right now the storm is on a path to cape cod, massachusetts, with its 500,000 summer residents. even though a hurricane hitting the northeast is a once in a generation event, emergency officials up there promise that they will be ready. since the storm has been forecast, over 100,000 residents down here in the barrier islands have been forced to evacuate. rob and mike? >> t.j., from your vantage point, any discernible damage in that area or are things pretty minimal? >> reporter: i would say things are minimal. of course, we've had some
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moments of extreme weather down here. the surf, about 12 feet high. the rain, the wind. certainly the sky has been ominous. but overall, a lot less damage than people expected. and a lot smoother situation, thank goodness. >> certainly good news. t.j., thank you very much for that report. as hurricane earl leaves his mark on north carolina, people in the northeast are now watching and paying attention. >> accuweather's ava dinges is following the hurricane's every move. ava, the big question, what can we expect now? >> good morning, mike and rob. and unfortunately, we could expect conditions to worsen across the outer banks, at least into the next couple of hours. because earl is still expected to parallel the outer banks as we head throughout these early morning hours. its sustained winds at about 105 miles per hour. the good news it's about 50 to 100 miles offshore. that means the worst of the winds are going to be offshore as well. but even the outer banks could see tropical storm force winds throughout these next
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couple of hours. gusts as high as hurricane force. it looks like earl will be heading out of their neck of the woods and the weather should be improving in the outer banks as we head throughout the rest of friday. just as things improve in the outer banks, worsening in the new england area. as the waves are already pounding onto the new england coastline and we expect the waves to increase along cape cod as well. cape cod could be facing stronger winds as hurricane earl may track even closer to it. they could see gusts as high as hurricane storm force as we head through. the worst of the weather into friday night. now back to you, mike and rob. >> ava dinges, thank you so much. stay with abc news throughout the morning and throughout the day for live reports on hurricane earl. coming up later this half hour, "american landscape" coverage from north carolina. earl of course is the big story but now let's turn to the rest of the forecast around the country.
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thunderstorms and heavy rain from the great lakes into the ohio, tennessee, and mississippi valleys. wet in louisiana and east texas. showers for the southern tier of florida. meanwhile, light rain across minnesota and wisconsin. >> cool in the midwest and great plains. 62 in minneapolis. 71 in chicago. 75 in kansas city. 80s in the northeast. and 93 in atlanta. seattle hit 77. and salt lake city 86. shifting gears to other news now, no oil has seeped into the gulf of mexico following another rig explosion there. the blast took place about 200 miles west of the bp oil well. all 13 crew members were safely rescued after they jumped into the gulf. they did manage to shut down production on the rig though before evacuating. it's still unclear what sparked this explosion. early reports about a mile-long oil sheen nearby, though, have been knocked down. the fbi is revealing details of what it's calling the largest human trafficking case in u.s. history. six suspects are accused of luring 400 laborers from
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thailand. they apparently forced them to work at sites from coast to coast. if convicted, the accused face sentences up to 70 years. police say four more explosives were found at the home of a man who stormed discovery channel's headquarters this week in maryland. that's in addition to the four devices that were found in the building after police shot and killed that suspect. it also turns out the suspect, john lee, was carrying pistols, not handguns as police previously reported. the first day of mideast peace talks ended with a promise to keep talking. the leaders will meet again in two weeks. secretary of state hillary clinton will also be there. jake tapper has a look at what she's facing. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton has never before faced a challenge as daunting as this one. >> this is in the national security interests of the united states. but we cannot and we will not impose a solution. >> reporter: the world will be watching to see what she brings
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to the table. >> i think she has credibility. now, whether that translates into diplomatic skills, i don't know. frankly, she's untested as a mediator. >> reporter: some see clinton's experience as a politician as an asset, since she will understand not just policy but politics. how the palestinian and israeli leaders can solve the negotiations back home. >> she's got the best type of political mind that knows where you meet the point of principle and knows where you need the subtlety and compromise. >> reporter: secretary clinton has requested historical background materials, looking at past efforts at peace in the region to see what worked and what did not. what she may have found is sometimes, a ruthless ability to manipulate and to bluff is what works. >> you need to be really tough. and probably, pretty devious. >> reporter: in 1975, the ford white house, frustrated with israeli intransigence during a peace negotiation, claimed the u.s. was reassessing its middle east policy. but it was not true. years later, secretary of state
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henry kissinger admitted the reassessment was "theater. there was nothing to reassess." >> you really need to look at life or the negotiation as if it were a chess board, anticipating what the next move is and probably the next move after that. >> reporter: kissinger had been eager to make the israelis nervous. and eventually the israelis came to the table. jake tapper, abc news, new york. well, the summer now wrapping up. school bells are ringing across the globe. children aren't the only ones heading back to class. >> that's right. the so-called panda school has reopened in southwest china. the curriculum at the panda preserve didn't seem too tough at all. look at that. >> not bad. actually looks more like less than than an important lesson. the pandas spent most of the day romping around, playing a scale, and climbing some trees. not a bad school day at all. >> all together -- aww! >> more "world news" after this.
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now back to our breaking news coverage this morning, of course, of hurricane earl. tropical storm force winds and driving rains are hitting north carolina this morning. meanwhile, the northeast is preparing for earl as well with a state of emergency already clared in some areas. welcome back, everybody. the east coast has been preparing for this storm all week. as earl ruined many holiday plans across the east coast. >> the outer banks on the coast of north carolina is earl's first target. for its impact there, here's "american landscape" coverage from raleigh-durham's wtvd. >> for breaking news, abc 11 eyewitness news at 11:00 starts right now. >> breaking news. hurricane earl weakens but it's still a powerful storm. with 105-mile-per-hour winds. the category 2 hurricane is off the coast of north carolina right now and the outer banks
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should feel the effects into the wee hours of the morning. >> take a look at this new eyewitness video just in to us. big waves from earl crashing onto the pier in surf city. and there are dozens of people standing on the pier watching it as it happens. >> tonight we are live up and down the north carolina coast with the very latest. good evening, everyone. >> hi, everyone. believe it or not, 26 million people in 68 counties stretching from here in north carolina all the way to maine are expected to feel the impact of earl in the next 48 hours. but right now, it is arriving on our coast. here's a live look at the outer banks. this is kill devil hills. where you can see the sea oats are waving in the breeze. the breeze there upwards of 25 miles an hour. the surf picking up. we've seen light rain this evening. >> and take a look at the crystal coast this evening. this is on the atlantic beach. check out the surf here. we're expecting the storm surge to swallow up a good portion of the beach.
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that pier is getting a little wobbly tonight too. >> here is the latest hurricane track. national hurricane center moving north-northeast at 18. 150 miles officially from cape hatteras. it's moving pretty quickly now. and this track if you were with us earlier today and this evening is right along this line, the 70 degree longitude line. it's now east of that, which is the second bit of good news. the hurricane has weakened. it's forecast to pass only about 100 miles or so to the east of cape hatteras which means the weather won't get as bad as we thought at 5:00 or 6:00. >> now to atlantic beach where hurricane earl is storing up major swells. probably where we've seen most of the rain this evening. a lot of people have called it an early night because of that. the most experienced hurricane reporter in our state greg barnes is live in atlantic beach. he's riding out the storm there, trying to stay dry. doesn't look like it's working. >> reporter: that's not going to happen. i've seen them big, i've seen them bad.
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earl doesn't seem to be that bad just yet. as you can see, here comes the water. we're getting a pretty good storm surge here. let me show you this. what we're seeing right now is a lot of the sea foam as it comes that's an indication just how turbulent the water is out there. you look toward the end of the pier here at atlantic beach, several hundred yards out. you can see some pretty big breakers are building out there. wn repf to they crash against the pier. here comes a good one now. they really are causing some foam, causing not a whole lot of damage. they're breaking against the pier. that was a good one. and we've got a couple of concerns about the pier right now. we had two pilings in a section about 100 feet from the end. one piling literally gave way earlier today and floated off. the second piling over that section, just wobbling, looks like a f iike a f it may go later on in the evening. the rest of the pier seems tobe
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it's not wobbll ba we'll wait and see how much toll the storm takes on it. as you can see, we're getting some pretty good rain now. we just clocked some wind speed down here on the beach. around 31, 32 miles an hour. the good news is the wind continues tof th let me get bob to pan up again to the porch where we've got all our tv lights lighting up the beach. you can see the rain coming down. you see it's blowing toward the beach. it's blowing e in that wind as itts, as you see the waves out there, you can see as they break some of the spray is being blown back out. that's an indication the wind is blowing against the waves. that may keep some of the storm surge down. if you notice o abo poiout foots iand ht everybody else >> our thanks to raleigh-durham's coverage. here is where hurricane earl is right now on the north carolina t. we see this image here on the the concern is as it moves up to the northeast, massachusetts and
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cape cod, of course a popular vacation spot. >> 500,000 folks. >> for a lot of people on labor day, which is why president obama has signed an emergency disaster declaration already for massachusetts. >> this thing obviously as we said all week was a massive storm at first, a strong cat 4, monster storm. it has weakened, those. that's the good news. not out of the clear just yet that's the good news. not out of the clear just yet for much of the east coast ♪ [male announcer] to the men and women of the united states armed forces, the uso delivers the joys and comforts of home. even out here. find out how you can help at
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it is that time again, time for "the skinny." >> everyone's favorite. >> that's right. we know jerry lewis is a man who for 50-plus years has dedicated this labor day time with a telethon helping children suffering from muscular dystrophy. he's now turned his interest to helping some troubled women of hollywood, rob. >> yes, and the very compassionate jerry was asked how he would deal with lindsay lohan and her recent troubles. he showed some more of that trademark compassion. take a listen. >> i would smack her in the
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mouth and be arrested for abusing a woman. i would say, you deserve this and nothing else. whack! and then, if she's not satisfied, i'd put her over my knee and spank her. >> hey-yo! >> jerry! >> he's 84, and he is on fire there with some interesting thoughts. >> jerry is all worked up. wow. he is all worked up, jer. stirring words not only for lindsay but paris hilton, all these young stars getting into trouble. jerry had some interesting words. >> might need somebody to bail him out. he might need to take some donations for bail. >> that will be his telethon for sure. because i have an undying crush on jennifer aniston i have to bring up this next story. i have to keep tabs on who she's
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dating and all of this. apparently this is the latest guy, she was spotted this week, this guy, his name is harry morton. he's the hard rock cafe heir and founder of the pink taco restaurant. that chain. get this. she is 41, he is 29. the interesting part i find though is that he's also been linked to lindsay lohan, to paris hilton. and i'm not trying to say anything bad about those lovely young women but jennifer seems to be a different kind of caliber here. so i'm interested that she'd be interested in someone who's dated those two before. they were spotted out. >> hard rock cafe heir, right? >> yeah. >> i think we have the answer. >> she's not starving, let's be honest here. she likes going with the younger guys, doing the cougar thing. messing with john mayer for a while, now this guy. do what you got to do, john, i don't appreciate being cheated on, that's all i'm saying. >> you like shakira. she's a dancer and stuff. very big internationally. we have an interesting thing to
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. of course we are following hurricane earl's every move. it's now hitting north carolina's outer banks with tropical storm force winds, some dangerous surf and driving rains. crews removed a temporary cap over that blown-out bp oil well in the gulf of mexico. it's being closely monitored this morning. it's a major step toward permanently plugging the well. and analysts expect a slight increase in the number of unemployed when last month's jobless report is released today by the federal government. finally this half hour, the popular trends heating up the yahoo! search engines this
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weekend. some of you are looking for something sweet. >> others, something a little spicy. here's yahoo!'s trend expert pamela woon with more. hi, pamela. >> hey, rob, mike. good morning, guys. so we've been doing these web trend reports for years and we've always been able to count on a couple of things to spike every time. chocolates and lindsay lohan. but first the chocolates. i'm sure you both know we're fast approaching world chocolate day. no, it's not exactly an official holiday and the post office isn't closed or anything. but for chocolate lovers it's christmas, fourth of july, and easter wrapped up into one yummy package. on yahoo! we're seeing huge numbers for chocolate recipes, cakes, cookies up 123% this week. even how to make beef tenderloin in chocolate sauce. and of course, searches for your favorite local chock la tier, including my fave in the bay area, ghiradelli. now about lindsay lohan. fall movie searches are spiking right now on yahoo!.
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the biggest buzz is for the new robert rodriguez action flick "machete." up 229% this week. just for the trailer itself, i'm sure it's a great movie, but one specific search keeps coming up, lilo's nude scene. but if you decide to pass on lilo and hit the road instead for the holidays, it's clear that for some of you your mobile phones will be right by your side. searches are spiking on yahoo! mobile for destinations like mexico which is the top search international hot spot this week. other places like yosemite and san francisco are also burning up searches on yahoo! mobile. i myself am going to get me a staycation and it appears a lot of you are too. especially to get things done around the house. do it yourself home projects are spiking this week. around 1,900%. if you need a spark of inspiration, check out all right, guys. staycation or vacation, what's it going to be? >> i'll take either at this point. world chocolate day is coming up this saturday.
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really, lindsay lohan and chocolate. that's where the country's at right now. >> quite the combination. remember to follow us online.
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we are tracking hurricane earl on this friday, september 3rd. >> wind and rain are lashing the north carolina coast right now. and storm warnings are in effect all the way up to maine. >> but as the storm spins toward new england, is the worst still to come? the latest news coverage on where earl is now and where it's going. and good morning, everyone. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm mike marusarz, in for vinita nair. wind and rain from hurricane earl is pounding north
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carolina's outer banks, with gusts of more than 70 miles per hour, plus, 20-foot waves. >> here, now, is the very latest. the storm is still powerful. but has weakened now to a category 2. long island and new england are now bracing for earl, with power crews as far away as michigan, now on alert. and many transit agencies have canceled or altered their routes today. >> the storm is sending huge bands of rain inland, as it spins up the coast like a buzz saw. we'll have more from marc mancuso, in a moment. let's go live to emily schmidt, who is in atlantic beach, this morning. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. we, for the last half hour or so, have been in the middle of one of the rain bands. it is raining here and the winds are blowing. but there's one more thing. there's a big sense of relief, that so far, right here, earl has not been as bad as once feared. this is hurricane earl as it began to move past atlantic beach, north carolina,
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overnight. gusting winds, rain, and rough ocean water. but not as bad as many expected. it's brushing the outer banks as a category 2 storm, after people here spent days preparing for what was a category 4. >> i think it's a serious hurricane. it could get real dangerous in a hurry. so, why take a chance? >> reporter: officials evacuated 100,000 tourists from the outer banks and closed the roads behind them. even though earl is no longer a major hurricane, it could still pose plenty of problems up the eastern seaboard. >> just to be able to be mindful of what could be happening is critical over the next 18 hours. >> take this seriously and be prepared. but don't panic. >> reporter: the governor of massachusetts declared a state of emergency on thursday. overnight, president obama signed an emergency disaster declaration, that clears the way for federal response there. it mirrors the response to earl in north carolina. >> we'll be staging commodities such as water, food, as well as
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generators. >> reporter: fema has set up a staging area, bringing in flat-bed trucks with generators and enough supplies to feed 50,000 people through the weekend. even though the eye is much less defined, people from north carolina to cape cod aren't quite ready to blink just yet. there are reports of some power outages in other parts of the outer banks. so far, the lights remain on here. this rain is expected to fall probably through most of the morning. although, we're told there could be sunny skies by the end of the day. hard to believe. we got a long ways to go before we get there. rob and mike? >> certainly. and how have you seen conditions change where you are this morning? >> reporter: you know, last night, as we left the stuff in the afternoon, you saw the surf was really pounding. and you thought, this is going to get bad. when you look right now and you see how strong the surf is, it's not that much different than it was probably ten hours ago or
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so. this rain gets really heavy. then, it kind of abates a little bit. coming back and forth. we're expecting that for the next few hours. when you're walking, you can stand up straight. it pushes on your back. but nothing what they were expecting even just 14 hours ago. >> emily schmidt, live in north carolina. emily, we'll check in with you in a bit. but's marc mancuso, is tracking earl. and we heard about the possibility of sunshine later today. where is earl headed next? >> earl is still on a track, headed to the northeast. it will get close to new england. but we're heavily situated. you can see right here, there's a sharp cutoff to the clouds and earl will pick up speed. conditions will strange rapidly in eastern north carolina by this afternoon. it's a category 2. so, it's not the monster that we had yesterday. but still a dangerous system. winds 105 miles per hour. gusts even higher. center circulation about 85
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miles southeast of north carolina. it is set to accelerate northeastward. we're looking at increasing wind and rain tonight. big problem here, the trees. get the winds. the tropical storm-force, maybe the hurricane-force here. that's going to knock down trees, tree limbs. there's going to be a lot of problems here with debris over cape cod and power outages. here's the radar. and you see the sharp cutoff for the rain there. rains increasing now in the southeastern parts of virginia, right around virginia beach. it's getting windy and wet. there you see a tropical storm force, in east north carolina. those will be heading right on up into southern new england tonight. that's when the big problems will be occurring with the wind and the rain. it will be significant. back to you guys. >> all right, mark mancuso, we'll check in with mark later this half hour. abc's coverage of earl, will
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continue all morning long on "gma" and and a security scare at the miami airport. four concourses were evacuated overnight, while the bomb squad investigated reports of a suspicious package. the initial report came from the area of the international arrivals. the tsa says one person has been taken into custody. they're not getting details just yet on what may have been inside of that package. anyone traveling outside of miami, is told to call their carrier for possible delays. engineers are starting to look into the reasons for an oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico. eric barajas has the details from louisiana. >> reporter: concern over an oil well explosion, soon gave way to relief. all 13 workers onboard were accounted for. rescued while floating in the gulf. >> all 13 members aboard the oil platform have survived with no serious injuries.
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>> reporter: the explosion occurred thursday morning. an oil production platform located in shallow waters in the gulf ignited. >> it is a production platform and not a drilling rig. >> reporter: coast guard officials say workers were able to shut down production before evacuating the facility. the owner of the platform, mariner energy, says it has seven wells that produce oil and natural gas. officials do not know what caused the explosion. >> when we asked the specific work they were doing, they weren't able to confirm for us what their responsibilities were. >> reporter: there were reports of a mile-long oil sheen spotted near the blast site. coast guard knocked down those reports. >> coast guard helicopters on-scene and helicopters on-scene have no visible reports of a sheen on the water. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment, should we receive reports of pollution in the water.
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>> reporter: congress isn't wasting any time with another oil platform explosion. some house democrats are already demanding answers. the house energy and commerce committee is asking scott josie, president and ceo of mariner energy, for a briefing on the incident. for abc news, eric barajas, houma, louisiana. here's the rest of the morning's weather from the rest of the nation. a wet day from the great lakes down to texas. with thunderstorms in detroit, cincinnati and nashville. fall-like temperatures with right rain across minnesota and wisconsin. meanwhile, some showers across south florida. >> cooling down in the nation's midsection. just 62 in minneapolis. 71 in chicago. and 75 in kansas city. mostly 80s in the northeast. and 93 in atlanta. phoenix hits 109. sacramento, 95. and salt lake city, 86. when we come back on this friday morning, new hope for middle east peace, as hillary
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clinton takes a key role in the ongoing talks. plus, how clean is your kitchen? will it stand up to a real restaurant inspection? and of course, we continue to track hurricane earl. and of course, we continue to track hurricane earl. strong bands of rain have
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recapping our top story this morning. the coast of north carolina appears to have escaped the major damage from hurricane earl. but there were still high winds and huge waves. the giant storm now headed in
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the northeast direction, away from land. of course, we'll have more throughout the morning. and topping our "moneyscope" report now. the economy's most-watched monthly checkup. the labor department looks at the labor report this morning. the unemployment rate will rise just slightly. it was 9.5% last month. the number of americans filing for first-time jobless claims did drop last week. overseas markets are getting a boost. tokyo's nikkei average picked up more than 50 points today. hong kong's hang seng is higher in late trading. meanwhile, in london, the ftse opened higher. and wall street gained 50 points yesterday. the nasdaq rose 23 points. retail sales were an economic bright spot in august. major chain stores report sales were up 3.3%. back-to-school shoppers provided the biggest boost. the numbers show americans were looking for -- or are still waiting for the biggest bargains.
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and the gulf coast fishing industry is back in business. today, the federal government says fishing and shrimping can resume from eastern louisiana to florida's pan handing. the government scientists show no signs of oil from the bp oil spill. the rugt of an investigation of a new kind of pampers is in. it stemmed from 4,700 complaints of severe rashes, all among children who had sworn swader will and cruiser dry max diapers. investigators did not find a direct link between the diapers and rashes. but parents were urged to report any more complaints. next, more live coverage of earl. a major storm making its presence felt along the outer banks overnight. plus, arizona's outspoken governor in the headlines yet again. for a moment, though, she'd rather forget. rise and shine!
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story this friday morning. hurricane earl has passed over north carolina and is now heading to the north-northeast at about 18 miles per hour. on that track, it will stay away from mid-atlantic states. but it will brush by long island, cape cod and nantucket. and we'll know much more about the storm's impact on north carolina, at first light this morning. >> abc's steven portnoy has been riding out the storm in kill devil hills. steven, what's the latest where you are? >> reporter: good morning, guys. we're getting the brunt of it. wind gusts of about 60 miles per hour. they're not hurricane-force winds. but strong, tropical storm-force winds. the kind of winds that will knock your balance off. but not take you down. we've not seen any debris flying here, although the wind has shaken poles and traffic lights are swaying. and street lamps are bobbing up and down. but everything is still on. we still have electricity here. that's a good thing, a good
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sign. if this is as bad as it gets, guys, i'll say this area of the carolina coast, got off easy. >> no doubt about that, steven. carolina in the brunt of it now. much of the northeast are bracing to see what earl tends to be once it gets there. a lot of people preparing for the worst. >> a wet day along the east coast. steven, thank you for that. we continue to get new information about earl's track, by the hour. >> that's right.'s mark mancuso has an update on the track of earl. mark, what do you know? >> i don't think it will get worse on the outer banks. i think we're seeing the worst and the rain. the core of the system, a little farther to the east. if this takes a jog east or west, it will have bigger impacts. it took a jog to the east. that's why the power is a little less. it's still a category 2. you see the tropical storm-force winds. the hurricane-force, well offshore here. they will continue to stay that
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way until south new england. hammering north carolina. we had three to four inches of rain. heavy rains, eastern new england. combine that with the strong winds coming in tonight. a lot of problems with power outages here. cape cod and the highlands here. notice along the east coast, gusty winds and a couple showers. back to you. >> okay. mark mancuso, thanks for the update. in other news, science of progress in the middle east peace talks. palestinian president abbas and israeli prime minister netanyahu have agreed to meet again in two weeks to resume negotiations likely in egypt. the leaders also agreed to meet every two weeks after that. secretary of state hillary clinton says she will keep a watchful eye. >> this is in the national security interests of the united states. but we cannot and we will not impose a solution. in the middle east, militant groups have vowed to step up attacks against israel, in an effort to disrupt the ongoing
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peace process. now, what's being called the largest human trafficking case in u.s. history. six suspects are accused of luring 400 laborers from thailand to the united states. allegedly forcing them to work in sites across the country. if convicted, the suspects could face up to 70 years in prison. arizona vernor jan brewer is acknowledging she could have done better in his latest debate. brewer has been in the national spotlight, since signing her state's immigration law in april. wednesday night, she was facing her democratic challenger, when it all went wrong during her opening statement. >> and we are moving forward. we have done everything that we could possibly do. we have -- did what was right for arizona. i will tell you, that i have
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really did the very best that anyone could do. we have pushed back hard against the federal government. we have filed suit against obama health care. we have passed senate bill 1070. and we will continue to do what's right for arizona. >> talk about a brain-freeze for the governor. she walked out of a post-debate session with reporters. after being asked about headily bod dmis the arizona desert. many americans would be surprised to learn they are preparing their meals in dirty kitchens. only 61% of home kitchens would get an "a" or "b" if put through the same type of inspections restaurants and businesses face. the study was based on an internet quiz, not inspections. but researchers say the actual failure rate is actually higher. well, coming up, more on the breaking news overnight from miami's airport. plus, north carolina, under the gun, right now from earl.
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of the north carolina coast right now. the lights are still on in this part of atlantic beach. the rain is falling. it's been falling pretty steady now for the last hour. and off and on for the past few hours. waves are high. the wind is blowing strong. but certainly not as strong as once expected. yesterday at this time, we were talking about a category 4. this is a category 2. much better than folks expected here in north carolina. now, we'll watch it as it goes north. >> emily, thanks to you. you and your crew stay safe. >> good news for folks in that part of the country. also making news today, investigators are trying to figure out why another rig in the gulf of mexico exploded. the rig's 13 crew members were rescued after jumping into the water. a mile-long oil sheen was reported in the area. but the coast guard said no oil was actually found. a passenger at miami's airport, taken into custody after screeners said they found
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[ female announcer ] they're never too big for a little something sweet. kellogg's rice krispies treats. and welcome back, everyone, to our ongoing coverage of hurricane earl. >> let's get a final check of the storm's track with accuweather's mark mancuso. mark, that is the question. where is earl headed? >> okay. earl will move rapidly north-northeastward today. it will weaken as it heads toward cape cod tonight. it should be a category 1 at that time. still, strong winds expected over southeastern new england tonight. heavy rains in eastern new england. that will cause a lot of problems with power outages in these areas. >> mark, thanks. finally this morning, as earl bears down on the east coast, we get a closer look at the anatomy of a hurricane.
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>> many people scramble to get out of harm's way. but others are running toward the storm. abc's john berman explains. >> reporter: our camera flew into the eye of the storm, as it began to break apart. this is the eyewall right there. abc's matt gutman was given an exclusive look at this nasa flight. earl is a somewhat diminished category 2 storm. but still, a powerful storm. >> this is one of the most well-documented storms we've ever had. we've seen the storm strengthen and weaken. >> reporter: with gadgets like these capsules, dropped with parachutes into the storm. back on the ground, there are two sane things to do when a storm gets this close. leave or hunker down. then, there's a third option. go hunting. mark sutton and jeff bass are hurricane chasers. they spent the last ten years tracking hurricanes just like earl. driving into the eye of the
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storm to capture the images of fury. in 2004, there was charley. >> we are getting pounded. >> reporter: and ivan. >> the storm surge is coming in right now. >> reporter: and five years ago, katrina. for the hurricane chasers, it's about cinematography, setting up cameras to stream earl's collision live online. >> this camera is streaming live video. and it's streaming that shot right there. >> reporter: north carolina is just the first stop on this dangerous holiday weekend express. next in its path, montauk, the far eastern tip of new york's long island. a storm that continues to obliterate the calm in north carolina. i'm john berman, in montauk, new york. >> always tough to tell exactly what we're going to see as earl makes its way up the northeast. >> it has weakened. so, a messy weekend for folks on

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